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Josh Harkinson used to write for us here at the Houston Press before he decided that living in San Francisco was somehow a lifestyle upgrade.

Now he writes for Mother Jones, continuing his stellar career of raking muck.

It turns out that Harkinson grew up just six blocks from where George and Laura Bush will be living, the exclusive Dallas neighborhood of Preston Hollow. (Frankly, we were completely unaware of Harkinson's exalted roots, or we would have watched our table manners better while he was here.)

Harkinson offers readers an insider's look at the new ex-president's homies here.

The Bushes have lived in the area before, and things didn't go quite so perfectly:

Behind their own gate of anonymity, the Hockaday moms have plenty of quibbles with George and Laura. One time, Bush barreled down a narrow road in his Suburban and didn't yield to one of them, which would have been the neighborly thing to do. Another one voted for Perot instead of George H.W. Bush, prompting Laura, she believes, to stop talking to her.

And Laura didn't invite one Democratic mom to the White House, but invited everyone else on her street (all presumably Republicans). Still, the same mom fondly recalls the time Bush threw a neighborhood Halloween party and the Secret Service--then protecting members of the Bush clan while H.W. served his term in office--took all the kids trick-or-treating.

Well, the trick-or-treating is a nice touch.

As Houstonians, we can tell Dallasites that having a former President Bush living in town is about as exciting as a new season of According to Jim. The newspaper will make a big deal out of every little charity ball they go to, he'll show up on camera at every game of the local major-league team, and the bubble of praise and lack of self-awareness will never, ever burst.

It's how these things go.

-- Richard Connelly

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